Human Studies 28 (3):251 - 290 (2005)
|Abstract||Taking its orientation from Peter Winch, this article critiques from a Wittgensteinian point of view some “theoreticist” tendencies within constructivism. At the heart of constructivism is the deeply Wittgensteinian idea that the world as we know and understand it is the product of human intelligence and interests. The usefulness of this idea can be vitiated by a failure to distinguish conceptual from empirical questions. I argue that such a failure characterises two influential constructivist theories, those of Ernst von Glasersfeld and David Bloor. These are considered in turn. Both theories seek to give a general, causal account of knowledge: von Glasersfeld's in term of cognitive subjectivity, Bloor's in terms of social agreement. Ironically, given that both writers cite Wittgenstein as a source of theoretical inspiration, assumptions of both theories run counter to key Wittgensteinian arguments. To show that Wittgenstein's views offer no solace to the realist, the article closes with a brief consideration of John Searle's theory of knowledge.|
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Through your library||Configure|
Similar books and articles
Duncan Richter (2001). Wittgensteinian Foundationalism. Erkenntnis 55 (3):349–358.
P. Cobb (2011). Implications of Ernst von Glasersfeld's Constructivism for Supporting the Improvement of Teaching on a Large Scale. Constructivist Foundations 6 (2):157-161.
Liberato Cardellini (2008). The Views and Influence of Ernst Von Glasersfeld: An Introduction. [REVIEW] Foundations of Chemistry 10 (2):129-134.
Ranulph Glanville & Alexander Riegler (eds.) (2007). The Importance of Being Ernst: Festschrift for Ernst von Glasersfeld. Edition Echoraum.
J. Confrey (2011). The Transformational Epistemology of Radical Constructivism: A Tribute to Ernst von Glasersfeld. Constructivist Foundations 6 (2):177-182.
N. Bednarz & J. Proulx (2011). Ernst von Glasersfeld's Contribution and Legacy to a Didactique des Mathématiques Research Community. Constructivist Foundations 6 (2):239-247.
Liberato Cardellini (2006). The Foundations of Radical Constructivism: An Interview with Ernst Von Glasersfeld. [REVIEW] Foundations of Chemistry 8 (2):177-187.
M. A. Boden (2010). Against Constructivism. Constructivist Foundations 6 (1):84-89.
J. Raskin (2011). Ernst von Glasersfeld and Psychotherapeutic Change. Constructivist Foundations 6 (2):235-238.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads11 ( #107,366 of 722,775 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #60,541 of 722,775 )
How can I increase my downloads?